Dairying to fund predator control

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Illegal cyanide poisoning puts native species and public at risk Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and locals around the Lewis Pass / Boyle village are concerned that someone is illegally and irresponsibly using cyanide to kill possums for their fur and skins. In the past week green cyanide paste on beech trees, along with dead possums, have been noted on a public walking track running between Boyle village and Doubtful Valley, just off SH 7.

NZ's major dairy companies have committed to spend $5 million over two years on predator control.

Unused water rolled over call

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Dry Awatere Valley.
drought dry generic farm sheep.
sheep walk along a sheep track Tetley Brook Road.

Irrigators should be allowed to carry forward their unused groundwater takes from one year to the next, a Federated Farmer's spokesman says.

Putting apple oomph back

Bill Lynch of Redwood Valley Road with new apple variety English Rose.

Roxy and Big Daddy are set to make it big. They are colourful characters, and tasty.

Productive land focus urged

Jan Loney and Rick Burke of Pukekauri Farms with the backdrop of  Tauranga Harbour and the bay where Rick loves to surf.

An award-winning farmer is focusing on his most productive land and retiring the rest.

Precision tools can save

Farmers hear from Scottish precision farming expert Jim Wilson at a field day on 2013 Ballance farm environment supreme award winners Craige and Roz Mackenzie's property near Methven in Mid Canterbury.

Adopting precision agriculture tools and techniques can save arable farmers thousands as well as boosting yields, a visiting expert.

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There's a better way for councils to use Overseer

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dairy

Home-grown maize pays dividends for dairy couple

Bede and Shirley Kissick are commercial dairy farmers taking part in the Waimate West Demonstration Farms crop trial which is now in its final year.

Refining their systems and reducing farm working expenses has been a boon for Bede and Shirley Kissick.

Trial reveals feed profitability

The profitability of planting a quarter of a Taranaki demonstration farm in crops in a three-year trial will be assessed early next season.

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

Dairy women look to future

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

beef

Boosting pasture makes sense

GREEN GREEN HILLS OF HOME: Increasing pasture and forage growth boosts farm profitability.

We all know the old adage ­ you get out what you put in ­ and nowhere is that more evident on a daily basis than on the farm.

MIE hails Hancox victory

The election of Fiona Hancox to the Silver Fern Farms board is a "watershed" for red meat reform, a farmer-led meat group says.

Steve and Jenny Herries with some of the Alpine Angus stud cows. Their first bull sale averaged $9500.

Strategic location move pays off

Angus stud breeders Steve and Jenny Herries took their shop window to a high-traffic area.

Sheep

Shearing legend David Fagan about to hang up clippers

World famous shearer David Fagan, who is planning on retiring this year, aged 53, competes in the Open heats of Gore's Southern Shears 50th anniversary event.

David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.

A barking mad sheep video

Richard the sheep has managed to pull the wool over his doggy pals' eyes.

Winton farmer Todd Anderson with his Southdown rams.

Record price for ram 'humbling'

A Southdown ram has sold for $15,000 - a New Zealand record across all ram breeds this year.

cropping

Breeding oomph back into apples

Bill Lynch of Redwood Valley Road with new apple variety English Rose.

Roxy and Big Daddy are set to make it big. They are colourful characters, and tasty.

Fruit fly an isolated case, say growers

Waikato fruitgrowers are confident the pest will remain contained in Auckland and eradicated.

Wild thing: Go on the apple hunt with the Lyneham Commons on St Valentine's Day, February 14.

Rosy results in apples trade

Scales Corporation beats prospectus forecasts, reporting an annual net profit of $18.4m as it continues to eye growth.

agribusiness

Productive land focus urged

Jan Loney and Rick Burke of Pukekauri Farms with the backdrop of  Tauranga Harbour and the bay where Rick loves to surf.

An award-winning farmer is focusing on his most productive land and retiring the rest.

Waipaoa Station moulds young farm cadets for workforce

Cadets from the Gisborne training farm, Waipaoa, are in demand when they graduate with well-honed skills.

A Queensland fruit fly, like those discovered in Auckland.

Fruit fly No 8 found in Auckland

An eighth fruit fly has been found in Auckland, but MPI say it remains confident the outbreak can be contained.

Discovery

Helping grow the 'golden goose'

Dairy SolutioNZ chief executive Derek Fairweather at his lifestyle block home south of Hamilton with his bull and heifers bred for heat tolerance.

New Zealand knows how to produce large amounts of animal protein cheaply.

Mutual gains from project

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

A farmer scans cattle tagged for lifetime traceability through NAIT.

Tagged stock have added value - NAIT

Tagging and registering all cattle and deer will be a significant boon to farmers and the NZ economy, says system's administrators.

rural women

Dairy women look to future

Alexandra dairy nutritionist Andrea Murphy has been nominated for the Dairy Woman of the Year award.

NZ's leading female dairy farmers will come together in Invercargill next month to discuss strategies and plan for the industry's future.

Set for tough contest

Olivia Ross will be giving it her best shot when she competes in the Otago-Southland regional final of the Young Farmer Contest.

Keri Johnston is a supreme winner of the Enterprising New Zealand Rural Women Awards with business partner Haidee McCabe.

Environment plan template gets big tick

Meeting tighter environmental regulations has just got easier for Canterbury farmers.

Video

$50m inflatable dome

A 33 metre high dome appeared on Timaru's waterfront this morning.

advice

The journey to recovery

Doug Avery has told the story of his journey to recovery, sustainable farming and mental resilience up and down the land.

Farming transformation guru Doug Averyis has a new weapon against rural depression, farming calamities and under-performance.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

PESTt: High populations of black beetles are starting to be seen on Waikato pastures.

Dry weather boosts black beetle danger

Cold late spring weather stops black beetle populations but numbers could be on the increase as the dry sets in.

aquaculture

Fish project disputed

Hand feeding in the NZ King Salmon hatchery at Takaka. The Nelson-based company is leading a new $5.2m public/private salmon feed research programme.

Sustain our Sounds says it's outrageous taxpayers would have to pick up a $2.6m tab to fund research for a Malaysian company.

Pelorus marine farm gains extension

A marine farm in the Pelorus Sound has been granted an extension despite opponents saying it would create a race for space.

Commercial Dump of Fish

'It was leakage' video

About 45 kilograms of fish were lost as a result of 'leakage', not deliberate dumping, a commercial fishing company says.

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